Phi Beta Kappa recognizes 43 students for academic excellence
April 24, 2023
A group of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University students are the latest to receive an elite honor.
A total of 43 students from CSB and SJU make up the 2023 list of inductees to Phi Beta Kappa. This is the 14th cohort of students who have been inducted into the chapter, which now counts over 800 members.
Those selected are Phi Beta Kappa members for life and receive a certificate to honor their achievement.
A ceremony to honor the 43 inductees is scheduled for Wednesday (April 26). CSB and SJU President Brian Bruess will provide opening remarks. Louis Johnston, professor of economics who received Phi Beta Kappa recognition while attending the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate student, will speak on “Telling Stories.”
Students are chosen based on their grade-point average (3.85 for juniors, 3.65 for seniors) and must be a liberal arts and/or sciences major. The selection committee also looked at the breadth and depth of the student’s program and other achievements, such as a thesis or other research; interest in other cultures or languages; extracurricular activities; and academic performance.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic society, having been founded in 1776 by several students from the College of William and Mary during the American Revolution. It was originally intended to promote freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression.
There are now 293 chapters at select American colleges and universities, with more than 500,000 members who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. According to the organization’s website, 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Over 20,000 juniors and seniors are inducted every year.
Past members have included 17 U.S. Presidents, 42 Supreme Court justices and over 150 Nobel Laureates.
Here is a list of the 2023 inductees into the Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, listed alphabetically:
Cavin J. Allen – Excelsior, Minnesota, Computer Science and Hispanic Studies
Kristiana N. Anderson – Dassel, Minnesota, Computer Science
Megan M. (Emme) Anderson – Maple Grove, Minnesota, Economics
Autumn J. Ayer – Forest Lake, Minnesota, English and French
Aidan J. Becken – Prior Lake, Minnesota, Biology
Alarie A. Chu – Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Biology
Kyle R. Curphy – Solon Springs, Wisconsin, Economics and Mathematics
Celeste E. Dickson – Greenfield, Wisconsin, French
Hunter B. Fischer – Spicer, Minnesota, Biology
Peyton J. Fischer – Spicer, Minnesota, Biology
Abigail M. Freeman – Holdingford, Minnesota, English
Ethan M. Huber – Mitchell, South Dakota, Biochemistry
Erin C. Kammueller – Saint Paul, Minnesota, English and Hispanic Studies
Sophia M. Kelly – Cold Spring, Minnesota, Sociology
Elianna L. Knutson – Maple Grove, Minnesota, Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy
Isabel J. Lesseig – Fairbanks, Alaska, Nutrition
Megan M. Lidtke – Andover, Minnesota, Biology
Erin K. Long – St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Hispanic Studies
Cate E. Luna – Rosemount, Minnesota, French and Peace Studies
Katelyn M. Meier – Grantsburg, Wisconsin, Economics and Hispanic Studies
Mahina S. Melim – Kapolei, Hawaii, Environmental Studies
Peyton J. Miller – Lake Elmo, Minnesota, Biochemistry
Nolan L. Morrey – Rochester, Minnesota, History
Miriam L. Nelson – Blue Hill, Maine, Environmental Studies and Political Science
Grace R. Nulty – Saint Paul, Minnesota, Political Science
Noah M. Presseller – Saint Paul, Minnesota, Accounting and Computer Science
Fiona L. Rosko – Seaside, California, Biology
Elizabeth M. (Betsy) Ruckman – Monticello, Illinois, Environmental Studies
Jervon S. Sands – Nassau, The Bahamas, Applied Physics
Isabelle M. Schmelzer – Wausau, Wisconsin, Biochemistry
Samantha (Sam) K. Schug – Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, Biology
Kian J. Sia Su – St. Joseph, Minnesota, Environmental Studies
James D. Siems – Bemidji, Minnesota, Economics and Environmental Studies
Fiona J. Smith – River Falls, Wisconsin, Mathematics
Jacob D. Spring – Stillwater, Minnesota, Biochemistry
Shelby L. Stovern – Bird Island, Minnesota, Nutrition
Perrin K. Thompson – Annandale, Minnesota, Biology
Morgan J. Van Beck – Sartell, Minnesota, Hispanic Studies and Political Science
Marleigh J. Van Dellen – Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Japanese
Elise J. Vomacka – Kandiyohi, Minnesota, Psychology
Ashlee S. Vyskocil – Green Bay, Wisconsin, Political Science and Sociology
Anna L. Webb – Shoreview, Minnesota, Hispanic Studies
Ian M. Wilson – Bonita Springs, Florida, Computer Science